Archbishop Cleared of Sex Abuse Allegations 12 Mar 14

The Ramsey County Attorney’s office has declined to file charges against Archbishop John Nienstedt after a youth alleged inappropriate touching after a confirmation ceremony in 2009.
MNN reports Archbishop Nienstedt adamantly denied the allegations and temporarily stepped down while the investigation was under way.

Prosecutors say it “seems unlikely” that Nienstedt would choose that moment to “sexually touch a random boy openly in front of another clergy member, a deacon, and numerous other confirmands.”

Officials at the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis say Nienstedt will now resume all of his public ministry duties.

The archbishop thanked police for their thorough investigation and says he remains committed to “the ongoing work needed to provide safe environments for all children and youth.”